(The above photo is of the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel taken in December 2008.)
Monday, December 29, 2008
(The above photo is of the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel taken in December 2008.)
Friday, December 26, 2008
A team led by PN Hoffman Inc. and Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse spent two years getting control of a site on the Southwest waterfront and lining up partnerships before asking the city to contribute its long-promised portion of land for the project.
The development offers 700 residential units, three office buildings, three hotels, more than 300,000 square feet of retail, a maritime museum and 10 acres of public space, including four piers — an entire new neighborhood for Southwest D.C.
After months of fits and starts, D.C. Councilman Kwame Brown, chairman of the Economic Development Committee, and Neil Albert, the deputy mayor for economic development, came together on an agreement the council passed unanimously during its last day of voting for the year. Next step for the development team: getting financing.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Neighbors, Family, and Friends are invited to attend a Health Care Community Discussion.
WHEN: Monday, December 29, 2008
WHERE: Syphax Village Community Room
1322 Half Street, SW
Your Health Care questions and shared personal stories will be submitted to the Obama-Biden Transition Health Policy Team for consideration, as they draft an affordable health care plan for all Americans. Please RSVP asap to: firstname.lastname@example.org or (301)537-7985
*We may have a visit from Sen. Tom Daschle [nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services] or the Press. Thank you for your participation.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Now D.C.-based PN Hoffman Inc. and its partner, Baltimore-based Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse, will start the new year with a huge challenge: landing financing for a project that could entail 770 housing units, 700,000 square feet of offices, three hotels, 280,000 square feet of retail and 150,000 square feet of cultural attractions. “This very important project will be a landmark for our region and carries enormous responsibility,” said Hoffman, chief executive officer, in a statement released by the development team. “Our collective concern for the success of this project is very real, and we are pleased that all sides have come together. We can now focus on the matter at hand — moving this vision forward.”
It’s not clear how the delay will affect the development team’s ability to get financing in this troubled market. Chances are, it probably wouldn’t have made a difference. But symbolically, the kerfluffle in the Wilson Building speaks volumes: How can the city continue to ask private developers to invest time and money in risky projects when it repeatedly beats them down? Our president-elect has earned the nickname “no drama Obama” for his unflappable nature, his ability to play politics at a level high above pettiness and for his focus on the big picture. Perhaps D.C.’s officials will be inspired to emulate these qualities, remembering that turf wars are usually more about ego than substance and that political grandstanding is not leadership.
Friday, December 19, 2008
The two office buildings and the reopened 4th Street should be ready by March 2010, while the new urban lifestyle Safeway should open in May 2010.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Phase II & III are scheduled to be completed in 2009 and are seeking a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. So far, no tenants have been lined up yet for those buildings.
Location: ANC6D office at 1501 Half Street, SW
Topic: Discussion on the request to issue a temporary ABC license to a new establishment called Hogates by Kristina, at the site of the former H2O at 800 Water Street.
Still, planning is still embryonic. And given that the project isn’t likely to begin construction until at least 2012 – not to mention the belt-tightening state of the economy – is seems reasonable to wonder where and when the first of Hoffman-Streuver’s cash will be spent. “The next two years will be focused on completing the design of the project, working with the community, and submitting for the PUD,” says Seaman. “We are confident that the capital market will have improved by the time we are ready to put a shovel in the ground.”
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
- DCist reports that public meetings will be held over the next couple of weeks to discuss the city's Neighborhood Circulation Study. According to the website, the focus of the study is: " Identify current deficiencies in neighborhood transit connectivity; Improve local bus services to enhance neighborhood circulation as well as connectivity; Identify new neighborhood services which will enhance circulation and connectivity; and, Complement the long-range growth of DC’s transit system." The Bellevue area will have its meeting on Tuesday, December 16th at 6:30pm at The Specialty Hospital of Washington -Hadley located on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.
This is the 6th Street frontage of the Arena Stage site taken on November 22, 2008.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The rendering above is the metro plaza in front of the new SW Safeway under construction at Waterfront Station, courtesy of Vornado.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
This is a rendering of the new SW Safeway, courtesy of Vornado.
Here's the exterior of the MVT Safeway.
The new SW Safeway may include a Starbucks and a dry cleaners, similar to the MVT Safeway. The SW Safeway Starbucks would be the 5th Starbucks to open in Southwest during the past few years. The other four Starbucks stores are at Capital Gallery (600 Maryland Avenue), The Portals (1201 Maryland Avenue), the Holiday Inn (550 C Street), and the Small Business Administration building at Federal Center SW (409 3rd Street). It would be the first SW store to locate south of the SE-SW Freeway.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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Sunday, November 16, 2008
This photo shows a fruit display near the main entrance to the store, including organic fruits.
The MVT Safeway has a bakery on-site and offers a variety of baked goods for sale.
They also sell beer and wine at the MVT Safeway, which the current SW Safeway doesn't offer.
The MVT Safeway also has a large meat section, a nut bar, and a cafe, but my favorite feature is self check out!
2010 can't come soon enough if this is what we will get at the new SW Safeway. In the meantime, the MVT Safeway is open and just a short drive away.
Friday, November 14, 2008
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
This next photo is of the Francis Case Memorial Bridge, which crosses over the Washington Channel. Wouldn't it be cool if as a part of the redevelopment of the Southwest Waterfront that the bridge was lit up at night like some of the causeway bridges in Miami?
Monday, October 20, 2008
The next photo is of construction on the west side of 4th Street.
This next photo is of the east side of 4th Street. It appears that construction is occurring a little faster on the east side of the street, since columns are already visible rising from the 1st floor.
The last photo is of the current Safeway, as seen through the Waterfront-SEU Metro entrance canopy.
A new urban lifestyle Safeway will be built as a part of phase one of construction, similar to the new Safeway that recently opened in Mount Vernon Triangle. I went to the new Safeway for the first time over the weekend and despite its awkward layout, it is light years better than our SW Safeway. The next time I'm at the MVT Safeway I'll take some photos, to give an idea of what our new Safeway may look like in 2010.